With all of the nifty discussion at the Lincoln Brigade post, I thought this quote about the “reconstruction” from Robert E. Lee (as an aside, a direct descendant of St. Thomas More) might spark some discussion. I never read it, or knew of it, until I read DiLorenzo’s The Real Lincoln:

“Governor, if I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in my right hand.”

–Robert E. Lee to Texas Governor Fletcher S. Stockdale (September 1870), as quoted in The Life and Letters of Robert Lewis Dabney, pp. 497-500.